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      Md. lawmakers to get 15.7 percent pay hike over 4 years

      ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers will receive a 15.7 percent pay raise over the next four years.

      WBAL-TV reports that a salary commission recommended the increase, which will take effect automatically. A Republican resolution to stop the pay hikes is going nowhere.

      Legislators currently make $43,500 for their part-time jobs. The increases will bring their salaries to $50,330.

      House Minority Whip Kathy Szeglia says she doesn't think it's appropriate for lawmakers to take a pay raise given the state of the economy.

      Maryland lawmakers' salaries rank 13th in the nation. They also get about $140 a day for meals and lodging during the session.